Jong-du is a social misfit: fidgety, snuffling, laughing inappropriately, without a super ego. He meets Gong-ju, a young woman disabled severely by cerebral palsy. Both are abused by their families, and both are used by them as well. Is there a place in the world for these two inarticulate people?
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Thought provoking, with scenes sure to encourage discussions of what is 'acceptable love'. Is it love between one who is mentally disabled and another who is physically disabled?
Moon So -ri gives a brave,astonishing performance.
this film goes down as one of the most honest and challenging films i've ever seen.. the handicaps of the main characters were handled with care, and in no way did it ever feel exploitive,( like a Harmony Korine film). a very special film... (no pun intended)
This film took me to an uncomfortable place and made me rethink a lot about things I hadn't fully thought about in a long while. I'm not sure what to really say about it other than it's difficult to watch, and it's unlike anything I've seen before. I'm still not sure what to think, but I really feel for the two main characters.
Around 40 minutes into the film, I pulled my hair back, bent over the toilet bowl and puked…mostly arugula. True Story.
The act of unlearning every previously held notion about love, lovers and lovemaking would necessitate the emptying of guts - it would seem.
Don’t die before you see this film. That is all.
I don't know of any other film that portrays disability as well as this, except maybe in a Harmony Korine or Herzog film. One reason is that it's just so genuine, and it isn't afraid to go all the way to show the disturbing sides. Second, disability acts only as the surface of this film, with much deeper universal themes. Disability is only secondary to the universal human emotions here.
Ebert said it best:
"The new South Korean cinema is transgressive and disturbing, open to forms of behavior that are almost never seen in the films of the West. It can be about urgent, undisciplined, perverse needs; it can have the graphic detail of pornography yet show no hint of an erotic purpose..."Oasis" depends on scenes that could not be contemplated within Western commercial cinema."